Posts Tagged Architecture

New Designs for Sustainable Homes

December 9, 2009
New Designs for Sustainable Homes

Today, kind readers, I would like to share two remarkable designs that I came across recently.  The first (pictured above) is a “net-zero neighborhood” just breaking ground in Boulder, CO.  Inhabitat reports that this will be the first development of it’s kind in the U.S.  It utilizes a geothermal heat pump system, large photovoltaic systems, […]

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Sustainable Design Award Goes to New Cooper Union Building

November 11, 2009

If you’ve wandered around the Village anytime in the last year or two, you’ve probably noticed the sculpturesque steel-and-glass building going up across from Cooper Square.  You may have, like me, stopped outside the Cooper Union’s new academic building and remarked on the strange effect created by the folding and carved double-skin or noticed the […]

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Floating Cities for Rising Seas

October 28, 2009
Floating Cities for Rising Seas

Here at the Institute, sea-level rise is way up there on our list of pressing climate-related problems facing cities like New York (our director has a great little interview on the subject and co-chairs the Mayors Panel on Climate Change that just released this report).  It’s no coincedence then, that this story on Dutch designs […]

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Live Tree-Towers and Remote Gardening, Two Things You May Have Missed

September 30, 2009
Live Tree-Towers and Remote Gardening, Two Things You May Have Missed

Today I’d like to share two light little tidbits that you may have missed in the hubub surrounding the healthcare debate and UN climate conference. First, Science Daily reported that scientists and designers in Stuttgart have developed a “baubotanical” tower made from living trees. They explain that the goal of the “research is to design and to build living plant […]

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Homeless Shelters for Urban Sustainability

July 27, 2009
Homeless Shelters for Urban Sustainability

In last week’s post on retro-fitted dumpster-pools, Mike Brady rightly pointed out that equal accessibility and social justice are essential components of meaningful sustainability initiatives. This weekend, Inhabitat reported on a new homeless shelter in Dallas which seems to have put these principles to work successfully.  The building looks amazing, targets a LEED silver rating […]

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